Sometimes people’s differences and irregularities are what makes them the most special. For one young boy, finding an animal with very similar facial features to himself made him feel a lot less self-conscious.
Madden, a 7-year-old boy from Oklahoma was born with a cleft lip and different coloured eyes and for a while, he was a little wary about how people would take his appearance.
But all that was going to change when he made a new friend!
But Madden was going to find himself the perfect friend in the form of a cat with a very similar facial feature. This little cat also had a cleft lip and different coloured eyes!
Madden met the adorable 2-year-old kitty at a local rescue group; Mending Spirits Animal Rescue, in Mankato, Minnesota and he knew immediately that it was love at first sight!
Madden was born with a rare condition called Complete Heterochromia Iridium where the eyes are both completely different colours.
When Madden’s mother, Christina Humphreys, learnt about a cat named Valentine who shares similar distinguishing features as her son, she immediately knew that he was going to be the cat of Madden’s dreams!
The rescue told Christina that the cat was a great find, “He is as beautiful inside as he is out. He has a quiet little meow that sounds adorable and he will kindly mew at you when he is asking for your attention,”
The family drove down from Oklahoma to Minnesota last week to go and get their new furry friend. “We had quite a few incredibly generous friends and strangers help make the road trip possible so that we could adopt this sweet fur baby and we are so thankful,” Christina wrote on Facebook.
Madden bonded straight away with the cat and renamed him ‘Moon’.
“These handsome boys were both born with cleft lips and complete heterochromia iridum (different colored eyes), and we knew they were destined to be best friends. Funny how a pet can make you feel less alone,”
Since Moon has moved in with his new forever family, Madden has been right by his side to make sure he’s settling in perfectly as well as giving him lots of hugs.
“We are eager for him to feel adjusted, so he’ll come out and play more. He’s super affectionate and lovable,”
Madden, now back to his spunky and friendly self, wants to raise awareness of bullying and to show that just because someone is different it doesn’t mean they’re not as good as somebody else.
In the video below, Madden says “Don’t be mean to other people that are different. We already been through a lot of hard stuff. Show everybody kindness… If somebody’s being mean to you, be nice to them. Because the most unlovable people need love the most.”
Don’t forget to watch Madden’s adorable address to bullies in the video below. Also, at Happiest we love hearing all of your opinions. So please let us know what you thought of the article in the comment section. 🐝